Paterson schools lack funding, supplies and are overcrowded .So
over morning coffee any staff member could participate in our AM chats. We discussed pooling money for supplies...we would discuss
lack of disciplinary support from our principal...cleanliness .of our 2 x 4 teachers room...etc.
Over my 30 years I learned that staff members are not enemies but friends.
I learned to NEVER discuss another teachers' methods or teaching style within a group.
We as a unit learned to work together and not apart.
The most important part of the job was seeing success at the end of the school year, knowing every peak and valley was well worth it !